Yesterday, Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) along with 43 other state cattlemen’s associations sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, urging him to cease any efforts to establish an additional beef check-off under the 1996 General Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act. Frank Daley, President of CCA says cattle producers in Colorado are very concerned that this effort by the Secretary will harm the success of the current check-off and erode producer support. The Beef Check-off Act of 1985 is a grassroots effort, developed by the beef producers who benefit from the program. Secretary Vilsack announced on September 30th that he asked the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service to begin drafting a proposed rule to implement a supplemental check-off under the 1996 Act. It is unclear if the Secretary’s intent is to eliminate the 1985 Act and replace it with a government controlled program, or add an additional layer on top of the existing Act. Either way, the groups say the effect would be the same. In a statement CCA says they oppose greater government control of the industry and heavy-handed, federally-mandated action by giving more power to the federal government.